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ByTom Bailey

Art Doctors Event

A chance for Arts & Minds members to experience the Art Doctors exhibition and to do creative workshops.

The Art Doctors aim to playfully break down barriers to participation in contemporary art, and to explore the positive role of creativity in all our lives. They are currently running a Leeds-based project called Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art? funded by Leeds Inspired and supported by East Street Arts and Leeds Art Gallery. The exhibition is up in the market for a short time so this is a great chance to see it and get creative with a supportive group.

We will make things, drink free tea and coffee, share our feelings about art and explore Leeds Markets in an artful way.

Come along for the full Art Doctors experience!

The event will take place in a couple of units in the market. Come to the events space (next to all the food and drink stalls) and one of us will show you where to go!  If you are unsure of where this is, meet us at 12.50 outside the Corn Exchange. Email us at [email protected] or comment below to let us know you’d like to meet us.

Arts & Minds at Art Doctors Exhibition

Thursday 25th April

1 – 3.30pm

Leeds Kirkgate Markets

Vicar Lane, Leeds City Centre LS2 7HY

Read more about the Art Doctors

See the Facebook event page

ByTom Bailey

Love Arts: The Future

You might be aware that we’re not running a Love Arts Festival in 2019. We’re taking a year off to reflect and work out what next for Love Arts.

Some of you came to the excellent Think-In in January. For those of you who didn’t, we want to make sure we listen to your ideas. So we are inviting everyone to tell us their thoughts via a Survey Monkey:

CLICK HERE TO TELL US WHAT YOU THINK!

You can keep updated on what’s going on by checking out the Love Arts blog, where you’ll see a selection of images that sum up some of the things that were said at the Think In.

LOOK AT THE BLOG

We’re having another Think In in March – we’ll let you know all about it soon.

Thanks!

ByTom Bailey

Creative Grants 2019

We are delighted to announce that we are able to give 5 grants of £1000 to mental health services in Leeds to do a creative project in 2019.

If you work or volunteer for an LYPFT service and want to do an arts project, this is the opportunity for you. All we need if for you to fill out the application form. 5 services in Leeds will be awarded a grant to do a creative project in 2019.

Your project needs to involve people who use LYPFT services participating in some form of creative activity (anything from photography to drama, creative writing, dance, singing, music etc) and include them in the planning.

Need some inspiration? Look at our creative pathways guide on our website https://artsandmindsnetwork.org.uk/creative-pathways/

To apply, download the APPLICATION FORM  fill it out and email it back to us. Do read all the guidance below.

We recommend that you discuss your idea with us. Contact us on 0113 262 3128

(Mon – Thurs) or email [email protected]

 

The image above is from a previous Creative Grant funded project – involving service users at the Mother & Baby Unit using photography.

 

 

 

Framework and Guidance

1: Introduction

The document sets out a framework for grants for creative projects taking place within the services of Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT).

2: Rationale

Our aim is to support the arts as part of recovery, inclusion and well being. The fund is one way in which we hope to support and encourage artistic and creative initiatives led by people who receive and work in health and social care settings.

3: Purpose

  • The purpose of the fund is to support creative projects within LYPFT services.
  • Applications can be made by organisations, or individuals planning to work with LYPFT services.
  • The fund will support small-scale initiatives that would otherwise not be funded.

4: Criteria for applications

Applications can be made by organisations, or individuals, and planning to work with LYPFT services and should meet these criteria:

  • Demonstrate that they will benefit users of LYPFT services and/or their carers
  • Enable service users to participate in a creative project in any media
  • Have the grant request endorsed by the applicant’s manager
  • Demonstrate partnership working with service users and/or carers
  • Demonstrate partnership working with other agencies where appropriate
  • Agree to evaluate the project using Arts & Minds evaluation tool
  • Be outside the service’s usual funding remit
  • Be able to contribute an additional £100 to the project’s budget
  • Be prepared to share learning and/or showcase work as part of Love Arts Festival    in October if appropriate

5: Role of the endorser

The endorser for an application to the Arts and Minds fund has the responsibility for:

  • Supporting the applicant to complete the application and authenticating it
  • Being responsible for overseeing and enabling the use of the grant
  • Approving an additional £100 contribution to the project budget
  • With the applicant, jointly reporting on the use of the grant after within a month

If the endorser fails to ensure that the applicant adheres to the criteria set out in the guidance they will not be able to act as an endorser for any future applications.

6: What the fund can be used for

The fund can be used to enable service users, carers and staff to participate in a creative project in any media (eg. writing, photography, drama, dance, music)

Examples of what can be applied for are as follows:

  • Artist’s fees – we can advise on appropriate artists or organisations to partner with
  • Arts materials – arts & minds members get discounts at art shops, please ask!
  • Room hire
  • Publicity
  • Equipment

This is not an exhaustive list, and all applications will be considered.

7: How much can be applied for

Grants of up to £1000. You must contribute an additional £100.

8: How are decisions made?

  • A panel will meet in May to make a decision about the award.
  • The panel is comprised of 3 members of the network development group.
  • The panel will receive anonymised application forms and will score them against the criteria set out in this framework.
  • The panel is co-ordinated by the Arts and Minds Development Manager.

9: Outcomes of Applications

We will notify applicants by email of the outcome of their application as soon as possible after we have made a decision.

10: Responsibilities of successful applicants

  • Contribute an additional £100 to the project budget
  • Only use the grant for the purpose described in the application
  • Refund any unspent balance to Arts and Minds
  • Use the grant within six months
  • Acknowledge Arts and Minds in any publicity relating to the project
  • Share information and knowledge about the initiative where appropriate
  • Submit an evaluation of the project within one month of its completion.
ByTom Bailey

Spring Newletter

Spring is here!

The sun’s out, finally. So we think it’s time to think about showing a light on your artwork. There are two exhibitions happening over the next couple of months, the details of which you can find in the current newsletter. Check it out here:

SPRING 19

There’s also information about all the latest things going on in Leeds around creativity and mental well-being.

We hope you find something of interest!

Cheers,

 

Linda, Tom & Jane.

 

ByTom Bailey

Connect & Create

We’ve started a new monthly meet up!

Connect & Create meets on the first Monday afternoon of every month at the Tetley. The aim is to get together with other like-minded, creative people. We want you to share ideas, be artistic, and find out about all the great things going on in Leeds.

Every month we’ll have:

Sharing – a chance for you to bring along a piece of artwork or some writing – or a song or a dance and share it with an enthusiastic group of Arts & Minds members

Discussion – we’ll choose an important topic and gather a group to talk about it. It could be a new idea, or an event that’s coming up we need help with – or something completely different.

Creative Space – every month a new volunteer will try out a different creative workshop. No skills necessary, just have a go.

We’ll also have the Arts & Minds team on hand to answer your questions, and plenty of leaflets and brochures with information on lots of different things going on. It’s ideal for people who’ve never been to an Arts & Minds event before – you can find out all about what we do. And we particularly welcome people who’ve had experience of mental health issues.

Join us on

Monday August 6th / September 3rd/ October 1st / November 5th/ December 3rd

Connect & Create

Monday Afternoons, 2 – 4pm

The Learning Studio on Floor 2

The Tetley

Hunslet Road

Leeds

LS10 1JQ

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Culture Club

The Culture Club is for people who want to see shows, plays, exhibitions, art events and more – with a friendly group. The group meets every month to decide what to see and book tickets. And there are lots of things to see and do. We get cheap Opera tickets, reduced price theatre tickets and lots more special offers.

When:

Meeting 2nd Monday of every month, 5pm – 7pm

Where:

West Yorkshire Playhouse cafe bar,
Playhouse Square,
Quarry Hill,
Leeds
LS2 7UP

Cost: Free for meetings, plays, shows cost as necessary.

Telephone: 0113 2623128
Email: [email protected]

 

ByTom Bailey

Instrumental

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Instrumental is a monthly gig night at Inkwell Arts, run by Cloth Cat, Dave Lynch (an Arts & Minds member) and Inkwell.

Every month the team select the best local music acts to perform in the beautiful space. All the proceeds from the door go to paying for music projects in mental health services in Leeds.

For all the latest information on which acts are playing, please check out the Cloth Cat Facebook Page.

The Venue

Inkwell is a beautiful arts centre converted from the Old Shoulder of Mutton Pub in LS7. The main gallery space is converted into an evening venue with fairy lights, fully functioning bar and ample seating. Audiences can enjoy music close up or from the comfort of the lovely large patio. The bar is stocked with local real ale and other tasty treats and bar snacks.

Where the money goes

All the money from the door goes to paying for art workshops at in-patient mental health hospitals in Leeds, reaching people in serious need of a dose of creativity. A series of music workshops recently occurred at the Newsam Centre in Seacroft. Money made on the bar helps Inkwell keep going as an arts venue, providing art classes and other creative activities and a safe welcoming space for people experiencing mental health difficulties to flourish.

Brief History

Instrumental is a collaboration between Arts & Minds and Cloth Cat. It started in 2011 when Dave Lynch had an idea for ‘one big gig’. Since then, Instrumental have put on gigs at the Swarthmore Centre, at Leeds University and at Oxjam, busked in Trinity Shopping Centre, run song writing workshops and hosted a mini music festival! The partnership with Inkwell has run for 2 years.

The Acts

A huge range of Leeds-based acts play at Instrumental: from singer songwriters to well established bands. Some recent highlights include The Roman Empire, Steph Stephenson, Miranda Arieh, Dylan Brierley, Georgette Hilton and Eclectic Sparks. At every gig we try to feature performers who have had personal experience of mental health issues. We are always looking for acts! If you want to perform please email [email protected]